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Ariel (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1990 (USA)
A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

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Aki Kaurismäki

Writer:

Aki Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Turo Pajala ... Taisto Olavi Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto Susanna Haavisto ... Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja
Matti Pellonpää ... Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo Eetu Hilkamo ... Riku
Erkki Pajala Erkki Pajala ... Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen Matti Jaaranen ... Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen Hannu Viholainen ... Apuri
Jorma Markkula Jorma Markkula ... Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Nainen satamassa
Eino Kuusela Eino Kuusela ... Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo Kauko Laalo ... Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen Jyrki Olsonen ... Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Autokauppias
Marja Packalén Marja Packalén ... Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes Mikko Remes ... Vankilalääkäri
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Storyline

The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned... Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ariel See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend. See more »

Quotes

Mikkonen: Bury my heart at the dump.
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Connections

Follows Shadows in Paradise (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Muistojeni tango
Composed by Reino Markkula
Written by Sauvo Puhtila
Performed by Olavi Virta
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A Study in Acceptance and Spontaneity - a Way of Being that Defies Circumstance
30 March 2004 | by daniel_c_hallSee all my reviews

Director-screenwriter Kaurismäki seems to portray a way of feeling that defies circumstance. The protagonists see contentment and adversity without glee, remorse or recrimination. There is an unspoken lesson. In relating to one another the protagonists do not require validation, offer explanations or make demands. Main character Taisto faces the coarsest of the coarse amicably without fawning fearfully or retaliating reactively. Another character, the boy, is intelligent, quiet, never doubts, has no complex puzzlement about loyalty. What is remarkable is that none of the foregoing is typical of a real, live modern person: most of us spend thousands attempting to reach such a state of grace.


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